Monthly Archives: August 2012

Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation

The title of this post is the title of a notable new essay by Professor J. Robert Brown of the University of Denver, available on SSRN (the data may be found here).  Professor Brown provides an analysis of the role of the law faculty … Continue reading

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Texas Tech Juvenile Law Symposium

Texas Tech Law School and their Law Review will be hosting the seventh annual Criminal Law Symposium on Friday, April 5, 2013, which will focus on juveniles. National experts on juvenile transfer, procedural rights, and punishment will exchange ideas and commentary on these issues, among others. … Continue reading

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Sentencing Youth as Adults Harms Us All

The title of this post is the title of my op-ed, published today at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  This is how it begins: On August 15, 2012, when most teenagers were enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation, … Continue reading

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Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior in Communities of Color: The Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice Reform

The title of this post is the title of a new must-read article by Professor Kristin Henning (Georgetown), forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review.  Few legal scholars have looked closely at the role of the prosecutor in juvenile court, a … Continue reading

Posted in Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Legal Scholarship, Prosecutor's Role, Race, Class, Ethnicity | 6 Comments

The Support of a Mentor

Last week I was driving somewhere (probably carting my kids from one activity or another), and I had the good fortune to hear the following story on our local NPR station, WUNC.  I previously posted  about the first installment of this … Continue reading

Posted in Juveniles, Media, Rehabilitation | 2 Comments

Delinquent by Reason of Poverty

The title of this post is the title of a new column of mine published today on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  I’m now a regular contributor to JJIE; my pieces will typically appear on Mondays, with direct links from this blog. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Race, Class, Ethnicity | 3 Comments

California Takes Stand Against Extreme Sentences for Youth

Today the California Assembly approved a bill and the California Supreme Court issued a decision that together will help scale back the extreme sentencing of young offenders in that state.  Senate Bill 9 will allow juveniles sentenced to mandatory life … Continue reading

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Policy Director Opening at Campaign for Youth Justice

Occasionally I fantasize about what I might do if I didn’t teach law students.  Of course I adore my job, but there are so many other great things to do out there.  To work for the Campaign for Youth Justice … Continue reading

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Should Miller v. Alabama be applied retroactively?

The title of this post is a question that has yet to be definitively answered in the wake of Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme court ended mandatory life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders who have committed … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Miller v. Alabama, States Should Rethink How to Hold Youthful Offenders Accountable

The title of this post is the title of a recent op-ed appearing on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange by the wonderful Jody Kent Lavy of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. It begins as follows: Many states … Continue reading

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